30 Rock star Alec Baldwin is having one hell of a week. First he is suddenly rushed to the hospital on Thursday after a frantic 911 call from his daughter Ireland. Then, after he is released from the hospital, Baldwin decided to take out his family frustrations on a paparazzi photographer outside his apartment building!
An eyewitness told E! News that New York Post photographer Tim Wiencis was all over Alec Baldwin when he came home from the hospital, taunting the 30 Rock star with questions about his daughter Ireland and the strange 911 call that lead to his hospitalization. Ireland reportedly told the 911 emergency operator that her father had threatened to take pills and kill himself during an argument.
At least one source claims Wiencis grabbed Baldwin by the arm while pestering him with pointed questions. Alec Baldwin, apparently at wit’s end, locked his hands on the photographer’s collar and started yelling for someone to call 911.
The NYPD was on scene in minutes to sort things out and reportedly had to physically separate the two combatants. “[Baldwin] lunged for the photographer, grabbed him, and then the police separated the two,” an unidentified source reportedly told E! Online.
No charges have been filed in the incident at this time. As for the whole hospital thing, Baldwin’s rep said the incident stemmed from a total misunderstanding. “Alec was quickly released from the hospital; he’s completely fine and will be at work today,” spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in a press statement. “If there was a real problem or concern, he wouldn’t have been released from a hospital within an hour.”
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Can someone write a prescription for family therapy, stat?